Elevator maintenance inspections are highly important in ensuring compliance with building regulations and ensuring all equipment is in good working condition. Elevator malfunctions can occur frequently and cause inconveniences to tenants and lodgers and cause costly repairs while creating safety hazards. Thus, regular elevator maintenance is highly advised to mitigate those risks.
The 3 key steps in performing a scheduled elevator maintenance inspection are:
Before carrying out any type of maintenance process, make sure you inform everyone in the building so that they do not get a bad surprise. Use signs, notices, or even phone calls to inform the people concerned about the maintenance that need to be done and at what time it will happen. This will avoid traffic and you also need to always ensure alternative elevators or stairs are available.
Perform The Tasks
Once the people have been informed, you can go ahead and perform the required tasks of the elevator maintenance process. Check the condition of the signs and operating device symbols, button functions, ventilations, lighting, door force when opening and closing, and ensure emergency devices are available in case of emergencies.
You also need to closely examine the travel cables and hoistways’ are operational and properly adjusted. Apply appropriate lubrication for rails, governor ropes, suspension means, chains etc.
It is also crucial to assess the conditions of the equipment in the machine room. Supply the required lubrication to the suspension means, gears, bearings, and other mechanical equipment that needs lubricating.
Once the maintenance and inspection have been done, you’ll need to provide a complete comprehensive report detailing the different aspects of the inspections and give your expert advice and insight into how the elevator is performing and whether there are changes that need to be done. You may as well include photos of any equipment defects and descriptions as proof. Well documented reports are required for regulatory compliance, fire safety requirements, and maintenance logs.
Inspecting and maintaining and elevator are no child’s play and should be very well taken care of. Many people use elevators every day and trust that it is reliable and quick. They trust that experts are taking care of the machinery and they will reach their destination safe and sound. Broken elevators are common and can sometimes be dangerous, especially if people get stuck inside, but in order to avoid these types of situations, a good maintenance and inspection needs to be done.